Friday, November 9, 2012
Stay tuned for TEDTalks at Whitman College.
The college plans to join the famous talk network known for brief but informative lectures devoted to technology, entertainment and design, according to a piece in campus newspaper The Pioneer this week.
Whitman is reportedly among the first liberal arts colleges to join. Participation is expected to bring publicity to Whitman while also providing a vehicle for students and community members to creatively relay interesting and potentially offbeat topics, Pioneer reporter Sarah Cornett wrote.
A little background on TED: The nonprofit started in 1984 as a conference, bringing people together from technology, entertainment and design as a way to share ideas. It has branched since then, now holding two annual conferences, the TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the TED Fellows and TEDx programs and the annual TED Prize.
Whitman’s participation is spearheaded by Juli Dunn, director of academic resources, and Noah Leavitt, associate dean for student engagement. Regulations for participation are very specific, so the process for booking speakers is still in the works. The lectures on a swath of topics run fewer than 20 minutes at a time, and are featured online.